Abi Bush

Abi works as Technical Advisor for Field Ready, an NGO seeking to revolutionize the delivery of aid through local manufacturing. In 2016 she headed Field Ready’s operations in Nepal, working through numerous partnerships with NGO’s, maker spaces and industrial scale manufacturers to investigate how local manufacturing can best benefit the earthquake response.

Abi Bush

Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds (1966) is a British author of science fiction novels, as well as more than sixty pieces of shorter fiction, ranging in length from vignettes of a few hundred words to works that are almost short novels in their own right. His huge career-retrospective ‘best of’ appeared in 2016, marking more than a quarter of a century of publication. Before Reynolds became a full-time writer, he was a scientist on astronomy and astrophysics, spending most of his time working in and around the European Space Agency. Unsurprisingly his fiction is strongly informed by his experience as a scientist. Reynolds will present his latest book at Border Sessions 2017.

Photo: Josette Sanchez-Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds

Bayo Akomolafe

Bayo Akomolafe (PhD) left a teaching position as a professor and clinical psychologist in a Nigerian university to pursue “a small and intense life” outside the highways of the familiar, outside of fences. Author, speaker, poet, lover and father, he is Chief Curator of The Emergence Network, whose core question is “What if the way we respond to crisis is part of the crisis?”

Bayo Akomolafe

Beth Healey

Beth is a UK trained doctor who has recently returned from Antarctica where she was working as research MD for the European Space Agency at spaceflight analogue Concordia ‘White Mars’. A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and patron of Expedition Medicine with an interest in polar environments she has worked as part of logistical and medical support teams for ski mountaineering expeditions and endurance races in Svalbard, Greenland, Siberia and at the North Pole.

Beth Healey

Bob Hendrikx

The technology to fight climate change is there, but then how come not everyone is using it? In this frustration lies the passion of Bob Hendrikx. This TU Delft Architecture student is eager to make sustainable housing accessible for everyone.

Sessions with Bob Hendrikx

Bob Hendrikx

Charles Stross

Charles Stross, 52, is a full-time science fiction writer and resident of Edinburgh, Scotland. The author of seven Hugo-nominated novels and winner of three Hugo awards for best novella, Stross’s works have been translated into over twelve languages. At Border Sessions he will present his most recent novel, ‘Empire Games’, which has been published by Tor in January 2017.

Sessions with Charles Stross

Charles Stross

David Rickard

David Rickard is a New Zealand-born artist who lives and works in London, UK. After obtaining a degree in Architecture, he went on to study Art at Accademia di Brera in Milan and Central Saint Martins in London. His original architectural studies have had a lasting impact on his art practice, deeply embedding queries of material and spatial perception into his work. Through a process-based practice, his works investigate the inherent material properties of our surroundings and the spatial relationships between people, objects and architecture.​​

David Rickard

Erik Zepka

Erik Zepka (ek rzepka, erik hoff zepka, xoxoxcom, xoxlabs) is a conceptual media artist whose work looks at science and technology from a social and aesthetic perspective. This work takes the form of digital art, material art, and social events. Projects have been shown and published at Videographe, the Whitney Museum, Furtherfield, ISEA, the Nabi Museum and Tate Modern. He is a co-founder of the Open Science Network and has engaged in a number of collaborations with other artist-researchers such as Stelarc and Pauline Oliveros.

Erik Zepka

Frank Kupper

Frank Kupper is assistant professor in science communication and public engagement at VU Amsterdam. He focuses on creative democracy as an approach to complex societal issues surrounding emerging technologies. His work centers on the development of methodologies and tools for the design and facilitation of playful reflection and science-society dialogue.

Frank Kupper

Frans Blok

Frans Blok studied architecture at Delft University and specialized in computer-aided visualisation and artist impressions. He worked for renowned firms like OMA and Royal Haskoning before starting his own studio 3Develop in 2013. Space projects he worked on include the European Mars Analogue Research Station and the Moonvilla.

Frans Blok

Günter Seyfried

Günter Seyfried has a background in medicine and psychology, which he studied at the University of Vienna, and has strong links to the fine arts, digital art, and media art, having graduated from the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Department of Digital Art). He is teaching at the New Design University in St. Pölten, Department of Manual and Material Culture. He combines science and art education and develops projects as an independent artist, participating in national and international exhibitions and publications and performing various tasks for Biofaction, Vienna. He is a founding member of pavillon_35 — Gesellschaft für wissenschaftsbasierte Kunst.

Günter Seyfried

Henriette Bier

After graduating in architecture (1998) from the Technical University Karlsruhe, Henriette Bier has worked with Morphosis (1999-2001) on internationally relevant projects in the US and EU. She has taught digitally-driven design (2002-03) at universities in EU and since 2004 she mainly teaches and researches at the Technical University Delft (TUD) with focus on digitally-driven architecture. She is initiator and leader of the Robotic Building group and founding member of Delft Robotics Institute.

Henriette Bier

Ikuo Yamamoto

Ikuo Yamamoto is professor at Nagasaki University, Japan (Graduate School of Engineering, Medical Science, and Organization for Marine Science & Technology).
Yamamoto has worked at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, JAMSTEC and as professor at Kyushu, Kitakyushu, and Nagasaki University. He was the leader of AUV ‘Urashima’, which established the world record for autonomous cruising in 2005 and developed ‘Kaiko, Suibot, Seabot, Raybot’, which was crowned champion at the World Convention four times. Yamamoto is the inventor of the first life-like robotic fish, seabream. His robotic fish took his first swim in the International Space Station in 2009. Over the past few years he developed over 16 type robotic fish, such as dolphins, shark rays, carps and tuna.

Sessions with Ikuo Yamamoto

Ikuo Yamamoto

Iohanna Nicenboim

Iohanna Nicenboim is a design researcher, focused on connected objects and their interactions in everyday life. Inspired by complex socio-technical systems and scientific imaginary, she explores poetical interactions with technology. She creates speculative futures and alternative presents in different scales and formats. Her practice often overlaps design, social science, and data; showing a critical and provocative approach towards technology, and the way it relates to society.

Sessions with Iohanna Nicenboim

Iohanna Nicenboim

Isabel Burr Raty

Isabel Burr R. is a filmmaker and performance artist researching the ontological crack between the native and the engineered. She is developing hybrid bio-artistic narratives that dig up chapters left out of history books, blur the limits between fiction and reality, and speculate about the memory of the future.

Isabel Burr Raty

James Ehrlich

James Ehrlich is the Founder of ReGen Villages, a spin-off company inspired in part by Stanford research during the Solar Decathlon, and a UN Sustainability Brief co-authored by James Ehrlich, Professor Larry Leifer, Chris Ford (AIA) from the Stanford Center for Design Research on the future of tech-integrated real estate development in the built environment that powers and feeds self-reliant families.
James Ehrlich is also a Senior Technologist at Stanford University, Senior Fellow at Opus Novum consortium at NASA Ames and an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab at the Center for Design Research.

James Ehrlich

Joanna Bronowicka

Joanna Bronowicka is the Director at the Centre for Internet & Human Rights and a sociologist who conducted research on human rights, digitisation, migration, social movements and political participation. Before joining the CIHR, she had worked for the Ministry of Administration and Digitisation in Poland, where she contributed to the development of Polish digital strategies and policies. She had also previously worked as a journalist at Thomson Reuters in Warsaw, as a diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland and as a consultant for migrant NGOs in Warsaw, Paris, and Boston.

Joanna Bronowicka

Jurriën Hamer

Jurriën Hamer wrote his dissertation at Utrecht University, on the topic of the political functions of fundamental rights. At the Rathenau Institute he investigates how new technologies can both support and threaten our ideals. He specialises in questions of digitalisation, in particular the question of attaining a durable international cyber peace.

Jurriën Hamer

Keith Evan Green

Keith Evan Green is professor of design and mechanical engineering at Cornell University (USA). His research focuses on addressing problems and opportunities of an increasingly digital society by developing meticulous, artfully-designed, robotic artifacts at larger scale. For Green, the built environment—furniture to metropolis—is the next frontier of computing. Keith Evan Green will present his latest book ‘Architectural Robotics: Ecosystems of Bits, Bytes and Biology’.

Keith Evan Green

Kevin Driscoll

Kevin Driscoll studies the interplay between popular culture and computing. In his research, he explores and builds alternative models for platform governance and online community from what was used for the internet of the 1980s and 1990s. Recent projects examine dial-up BBSs in the US and Minitel in France. Kevin holds a position as assistant professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia.

Sessions with Kevin Driscoll

Kevin Driscoll

Kristi Kuusk

Kristi Kuusk graduated Information Technology BSc at the Tallinn University of Technology in 2005. She worked for four years as a project manager analyst, while at the same time pursuing creative studies. She acquired an MA degree in Fashion Design at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2011. In 2016 Kristi presented her PhD project on craft and sustainability qualities in smart textile services at the Eindhoven University of Technology. The related collaborative design work was presented in various international exhibitions, shows and conferences. Since 2016 She works as an Associated Professor (0,5) in textile futures at the Estonian Academy of Arts.

Sessions with Kristi Kuusk

Kristi Kuusk

Lana Swartz

Lana Swartz was a post-doctoral researcher at the Social Media Collective of Microsoft Research New England and a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Today she is an assistant professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. Most of her research is about money and other communication technologies. At Border Sessions, Swartz will talk about her co-edited book Paid: Tales of Dongles, Checks, and Other Money Stuff.

Sessions with Lana Swartz

Lana Swartz

Lija Groenewoud van Vliet

Lija and Rodolfo Groenewoud van Vliet founded In4Art in 2015. After working for six years as innovation managers and business developers for knowledge institutes, start-ups and corporates, they discovered that artists are one step ahead. At In4Art they believe that artists have the capacity to enable innovation.

Lija Groenewoud van Vliet

Mark O’Connell

Mark O’Connell is a writer based in Dublin. His book, To Be a Machine: Encounters With a Post-Human Future, will be published this year.

He is Slate’s books columnist, a staff writer at The Millions, and a regular contributor to The New Yorker’s “Page-Turner” blog; his work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Observer, and The Independent. He is also the author of the Kindle Single Epic Fail: Bad Art, Viral Fame, and the History of the Worst Thing Ever (Byliner/The Millions).

He has a PhD in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin, and in 2013 his academic monograph on the work of the novelist John Banville, John Banville’s Narcissistic Fictions, was published by Palgrave Macmillan. He was an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow from 2011 to 2012 at Trinity College, where he taught contemporary literature.

Sessions with Mark O’Connell

Mark O’Connell

Martine van den Heuvel-Greve

Mrs. Van den Heuvel-Greve holds an MSc in Marine Biology with a specialisation in Ecotoxicology. Her research is focused on effects of human activities on estuarine and marine environments. She is a project leader since 2002 coordinating both scientific projects and advice to government and industry. She conducted multiple field work expeditions in polar regions (both Antarctica and Svalbard). She coordinates Arctic Research & Development within Wageningen University & Research.

Martine van den Heuvel-Greve

Mary Tsang

Mary Maggic is an artist-biologist practicing in civic biosciences, open source organisms and tools, and how to deploy them. Her projects explore the biopolitical nature of new biotechnologies, their roots in society and transhumanism, and the question of who gets emancipatory access. Since 2013 she has partnered with a filmmaker to produce a documentary web-series on “bio-art” and emerging communities in DIYBio. The web-series DIYSECT hopes to initiate conversations on the rapid effect of biotechnologies on our society. Her most recent work involves gender-hacking, estrogen synthesis/mutagenesis, and promises of “significant otherness.” She is currently pursuing her masters in Media Arts and Sciences at MIT Media Lab, Design Fiction research group.

Mary Tsang

Masayuki Sono

Masayuki Sono is a co-founding partner of Clouds Architecture Office based in New York. He holds Masters Degrees from University of Washington and Kobe University. Masa has worked on diverse projects ranging from urban-scale cultural complexes to public arts. He has taught at Pratt Institute and lectured at the University of Tokyo. His recent awards include first place in NASA’s Mars Habitat Challenge, and consecutive AIA Honor awards for completed projects in New York City. Masa’s explorations focus on design of experiential qualities of the buildings that surround us, as well as research-based concepts that test architectural inhabitation of outer space.

Sessions with Masayuki Sono

Masayuki Sono

Michel van Pelt

Michel van Pelt (1972) works as an engineer for the European Space Agency (ESA) and has authored several space books, of which “Rocketing into the Future” is the most recent. He is also an editor and writer for the Dutch space magazine “Ruimtevaart”.

Michel van Pelt

Nicole Bacchus

Nicole Bacchus is Associate Strategy Director based in Smart Design’s New York studio. As a true left-and-right-brain thinker, she engages her strong business background and passion for human insight to turn break-through ideas into reality. With a knack for unleashing “commercial creativity” in design and innovation, Nicole has most recently focused her attention on rethinking the cannabis industry through Smart’s High Design Makeathon. Her fresh thinking about the importance of design-centric solutions has been featured in publications including Fast Company and PSFK.

Sessions with Nicole Bacchus

Nicole Bacchus

Ostap Rudakevych

Ostap is a registered architect and co-founding partner of Clouds Architecture Office. Additionally, he works as a lecturer at Pratt Institute and has been an invited critic at various universities. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His most recent awards include first place in NASA’s Mars Habitat Challenge, and consecutive AIA Honor awards for completed projects in New York City. His speculative work, which strongly engages the atmosphere, has been exhibited and published all over the globe.

Sessions with Ostap Rudakevych

Ostap Rudakevych

Pawel Pokutycki

Pawel Pokutycki (PL) is an interaction designer, researcher and lecturer at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague and Design Academy Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He is a core member of the Alternative Learning Tank (ALT), a nomadic school and artistic organization that focuses on research, creation and implementation of educational programs in progressive and radical fields of knowledge that regular educational institutions often overlook.

Pawel Pokutycki

Peter Frase

Peter Frase is a member of the editorial board of Jacobin magazine. He writes on technology, labor, and politics. During Border Sessions he will present his first book, Four Futures, Life after capitalism, about the use of robots in our society and its opportunities and threats in the future. Or as the Guardian headlined its review: will robots bring utopia or terror?

Peter Frase

Richard Ruiterkamp

After a scientific career ranging from Biochemistry to Astrophysics, Richard Ruiterkamp came up with technology that could change the role of wind energy. At Delft University he studied autonomous tethered drones for renewable energy production and founded Ampyx Power in 2008 to develop a commercial Airborne Wind Energy product.

Rodolfo Groenewoud van Vliet

Lija and Rodolfo Groenewoud van Vliet founded In4Art in 2015. After working for six years as innovation managers and business developers for knowledge institutes, start-ups and corporates, they discovered that artists are one step ahead. At In4Art they believe that artists have the capacity to enable innovation.

Rodolfo Groenewoud van Vliet

Ryan Avent

Ryan Avent is a senior editor and economics columnist at The Economist, whose works has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian among other places. After getting his his economics degree from North Carolina State University and an MCs in economic history from the London School of Economics, Avent became and economi consultant and industry analyst for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. His newest book The Wealth of Humans: Work and its Absence in the Twenty-First Century has been translated to Dutch as Werk in de 21e eeuw, published by Nieuw Amsterdam.

Ryan Avent

Shubhendu Sharma

Shubhendu Sharma creates afforestation methods that make it easy to plant maintenance-free, wild and biodiverse forests.Today, his company Afforestt promotes a standardized method for seeding dense, fast-growing, native forests in barren lands.
Photo: Jyoti Kara

Sessions with Shubhendu Sharma

Shubhendu Sharma

Sjoerd Louwaars

Sjoerd Louwaars is the founder of Centre for Innovation’s Changemakers Lab. He runs the Innovation, Co-creation and Global Impact Minor as well as the Venture Academy — the objective of the program is to better prepare students of The Hague for the next economy. The Centre for Innovation is dedicated to facilitate an entrepreneurial ecosystem that keeps the city of The Hague competitive in the 21st century.

Sessions with Sjoerd Louwaars

Sjoerd Louwaars

Špela Petrič

Špela Petrič (1980), BSc, MA, lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She was artist in residence at Waag Society and is now a fellow researcher. Her artistic practice combines natural sciences, new media and performance.

While working towards an egalitarian and critical discourse between the professional and public spheres, she tries to envision artistic experiments that produce questions relevant to anthropology, psychology, and philosophy. She extends her artistic research with art/sci workshops devoted to informing and sensitizing the interested public, particularly younger generations. She is a member of Hackteria and winner of the Bio Art & Design award.

Špela Petrič

Thieme Hennis

Thieme Hennis works as an independent educational researcher and consultant and is active in the field of circular systems and neighbourhoods. He is currently designing the transition of a local traditional market into a circular market, and leading the open source Border Labs #AstroPlant project to make local food in space a reality. He has a PhD in education (educating/engaging youth at risk). Interest in self-organising and participatory systems.

Thieme Hennis